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Tiffany -- Wildlife Science major

I worked as a biological field technician in the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge this summer. We studied the effects of different silvicultural practices on the populations of neotropical migratory songbirds on the refuge. Duties included spot mapping of singing males to determine their territories, nest searching and monitoring of all species present, vegetation sampling, and herp surveys. The job was both challenging and exciting; I definitely learned a lot and gained unforgettable experience in my field. It was so rewarding to wake up at 4:00 am every day and know that I was going to be in the woods for yet another beautiful sunrise and get paid for it! 

I learned how a project works, how to lead certain aspects of a project, how to work with crew members who are less than desirable; I gained valuable field experience that I can use in the future. It gave me an idea of the kind of career I'd like to have and what I can pursue in graduate school. I'm still not sure what I want to do as a career, but I know that I have a passion for birds and have more knowledge of how to go about pursuing a career in Wildlife. I know that I will not be able to conduct field work forever. 

If you are looking for an internship position, keep your eyes open and consider everything! Start early, don't wait till the last minute! Don't give up when you don't get your dream job. Don't assume you'll get that dream job and therefore not apply for any others because when you don't get it then it will be too late and all the good jobs will be filled (that happened to me). Apply to as many as you can! Send in your resume and cover letter, call employers, and be assertive and confident. 


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